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Local youth wins chance to play in IIHF pre-tournament game

On the world stage

Amherst - There are many fringe benefits to being a hockey pro and Amhersts Luke Warner was to get the chance of a lifetime to experience those benefits up close and personal Wednesday when he played hockey at the Halifax Metro Centre.

In the run up to the International Ice Hockey Federations World Mens Championships, Warner was selected as one of 40 Nova Scotian under-16 hockey players to play a tune up game in preparation for the tournament.

Its kind of a dream that hasnt really sunk in yet, Warner said. Im pretty exited.

Warner, along with 91 other players, was in Halifax last weekend trying out for the Team Nova Scotia under-16 squad when he put his name in for a draw and was selected to play in the game.

The game was to provide the opportunity for the IIHF to fine tune, everything from video and replay equipment, security staff, off-ice officials, and various other game operations.

Hockey Canada said, This event will run as if Team Canada was playing Team USA. Players will be treated as if they are members of Team Canada.

That means the cameras will be rolling, replays will be shown and the players will be treated like the hockey gods of the NHL.

Warner was hoping he might get to meet some of those hockey players.

Some of the international teams could be out there watching, Warner said. So I might get to meet some of the players.

All 40 players participating in the game will receive a DVD of the game to keep as a souvenir.

Organizations: Halifax Metro Centre, Team Canada, Team Nova Scotia NHL

Geographic location: Amherst, Nova Scotian

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